Imagine this, you’re sitting at a coffee shop drinking some coffee (or tea if you don’t drink coffee) chatting and laughing with your friends. You’re just having a good time, enjoying the sunlight and the ambiance in the store when suddenly, this girl turns around and says “Excuse me, why do you and your friends keep turning around to look and laugh at me?”
Awkward moment right there.
She then turns around and starts talking (rather loudly) to her friend about how it’s rude that people stare and laugh at other people.
Another awkward moment right there. And what’s even more awkward? It’s a true story.
In my opinion this person is what I would call an attention seeker, not interested in anything else but bringing attention to him or herself whether it be positive or negative. It was very obvious that me and my friends were not looking or laughing at this very delightful young lady. However, she thought that we were, which honestly, was very arrogant of her. Why would I be laughing at her anyway? She didn’t have any laughable qualities and she before her outburst, she was definitely not talking loudly enough about anything funny enough for me to laugh at. Her call of attention to herself, quite honestly, was very annoying and made me slightly angry at her. Did she really think that I had nothing better to do than spend my afternoon staring at her and wasting my laughter on her?
While some attention seekers are fun to be around, most of them aren’t. What do I mean by fun to be around? Well, when calling attention to themselves, it’s because they have a joke or a funny story to tell. Sadly, most attention seekers call for attention at the smallest, most annoying things. Like by telling a half-true story about something that is very obviously a lie. For example a small paper cut can become this huge dramatic event about how they accidentally got the cut making sushi at this expensive sushi making class with this 5-star chef at this expensive, high-class hotel in Greenland. Yeah, definitely not true. And let’s be honest, we all have that one friend that exaggerate everything that they go through. That’s right, this attention seeking friend makes everything a bigger issue than it actually is. The worst part is that they go on and on about this issue, and when you find out it wasn’t even that big a deal, they either make up excuses about how you “had to be there” to know what it felt like or they get sulky and upset about how you’re “picking on them”. We also have this attention seeking friend on our social media websites, talking about their day and ranting about every single thing that went wrong in their status, tweet, comment, or post. Sadly, for these types of people, we hate them but we also love them, I mean, it’s like a reality TV show, except, you know the star.
So, the conclusion of this rant? Try not to be one of those people. Don’t seek attention that will make people hate you, like seriously.